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Begin With Service  Hoang Nam Huynh

The Da Nang, Vietnam, native traveled across the world to join a top-tier nursing cohort and gain lifesaving skills on his journey to serve others.

Nam stands with hands on hips and looks to his right with determination in front of Edwards Hall on Clemson's campus. Edwards Hall, a five-story brick public health building is lit by bright sunlight on Clemson's campus.
Nam sits in a backstage video area wearing an orange Clemson polo and talking. 'Watch Nam's Story' and the play symbol hover beside him. Nam sits in a backstage video area wearing an orange Clemson polo and talking. 'Watch Nam's Story' and the play symbol hover beside him.



“My parents influenced me through their everyday actions. They would always say, ‘Whenever you can help, you have to help,’ and that stuck with me.”

Seek academic challenges

Clemson nursing major Hoang Nam Huynh, a native of Da Nang, Vietnam, was in high school when he moved halfway across the world to pursue a better education and more opportunity in America. He wanted to be the first in his family to enter the medical field so that he could focus on helping people as much as he could.

Lead by serving

He started out by volunteering. First, he worked with Little Steps in Greenville as an advocate for teenage parents who were still going to school and providing for their young families. He volunteered with Palmetto Health in Columbia, South Carolina, hosting events to benefit parents and children in need.

Nam sits and talks with a female friend at a table in the lobby of Watt Innovation Center.
Nam, in an orange shirt with a Tiger Paw, works on his laptop at a table in the shade under a bridge with trees in the background.

Learn from the nation’s top educators

When it came time to look at colleges, Nam looked nationwide, but he quickly learned that one of the country’s best nursing schools was right down the road at Clemson University. With nursing degree programs ranging from bachelor’s to doctorate-level all accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and NCLEX (nursing board examination) pass rates well above the national average, he realized his next move might not be as far away as his last one, but it would go the distance in his pursuit of a brighter future.

Nam uses a stethoscope to listen to the heartbeat of a human simulator in the Clemson nursing lab.

“The Clemson University School of Nursing is a nationally recognized program focused on equipping students to make a tangible difference in health care. As we prepare nurses for professional practice and advance nursing scholarship, we are shaping the future of nursing and health care.”
— Kathleen Valentine, Ph.D., Chief Academic
Nursing Officer and Director, School of Nursing

School of Nursing
Job Placement Rate Within Three Months

Clemson nursing graduates have a nearly 100% job placement rate within three months of graduation.

Excellence in Nursing

Clemson is one of 16 universities whose School of Nursing received recognition this year by the National League for Nursing as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education. This is the second such recognition for the program, which has been a Center of Excellence since 2014.

Major in Nursing
RNs Needed to
Avoid a Shortage

By 2022, there will be more registered nurse jobs available than any other profession, at more than 100,000 per year. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the need for 1.1 million new RNs to avoid a nursing shortage.

Find your strengths

His sister moved to the U.S. for schooling in 2004, and in the summer of 2016 Nam and his mother moved here while his father remained in Vietnam as a civil engineer. He says that life with his parents in both countries has always involved giving back, making a difference in the community and standing up for their principles.

Apply your education

As a first-year student at Clemson, Nam pursued his desire to serve the community by joining Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity. He volunteered at local nursing homes and helps at Clemson Miracle and the annual dance marathon fundraiser. Even his on-campus job as a cycle bar instructor at Fike Recreation Center on campus serves others, encouraging people to pursue fitness for fun and health.

Nam walks into Edwards Hall, wearing purple and white scrubs, a stethoscope, a backpack and glasses.

Nam served as an undergraduate lab assistant for Clemson’s cutting-edge COVID-19 Saliva PCR Lab, which meant he was working alongside public health officials and Clemson researchers to keep campus and the surrounding community safer and healthier during the global pandemic.

“There are so many opportunities to go out and see where you can make the most difference. I know that that will make me a better nurse and have a better understanding of my community, no matter where I am.”

Exceed Your

Being an international student has shown Nam how to adapt to any situation, which will serve him well in the medical field. The inclusion that he has seen at Clemson led him to meet new friends, build a new community and get out of his shell a bit.

Nam says his nursing degree will be just the thing to foster his desire to lead. And with the help of the professors, advisers and the overall Clemson community, he is effecting change in the world around him by starting a path forward to help and heal others.

Nam uses a stethoscope to gauge the pulse of a human simulator in the nursing lab while his professor stands beside him.

“Nursing shows me how to provide a better life and a healthier lifestyle for myself and for others. Clemson gives you so many tools to succeed. We just have to take advantage of them and find them to be better versions of ourselves.”

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